Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon (The Best Salmon Ever!)

Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon has the most amazing garlic brown sugar soy glaze.  The flavor is out of this world and it will become a new family favorite! 

Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

You all know by now that salmon is my absolute favorite.  I eat it all of the time because it is so good and good for you!  There are quite a few salmon recipes on here, and you could say that I am a little obsessed.  And this is coming from a former salmon hater.  But now I eat it all of the time because it is so good!  So if you think you don’t like salmon, you have GOT to try this recipe!

This recipe soared to the number one spot of my favorite salmon recipes.  Now that is saying something for how uh-mazing this recipe is.  You can’t go wrong with this glaze.  Brown sugar, garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice, and some salt and pepper come together to bring you some mind-blowing flavor.  Our family just couldn’t seem to get enough of this delicious salmon!

You start by preparing the salmon.  You lay your salmon out on the foil and salt and pepper it.  I like to bake mine in the oven.  This helps to seal in all of that amazing flavor as it cooks.

How long does it take to bake salmon in foil?

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Seal the salmon in the foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Baste the glaze on the top and broil for another 3-5 minutes.

The flavor is incredible in this salmon.  Any sauce that involves brown sugar, garlic, and soy sauce, I know will become a favorite!  This meal is perfect for feeding your family an impressive meal.  And it makes a perfect holiday meal as well!

This is going to be a recipe that you make again and again!

Watch this video on how the salmon is made:

More delicious salmon recipes:

Pan Seared Salmon with a Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce

Sheet Pan Thai Salmon

Baked Parmesan Garlic Herb Salmon 



Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon has the most amazing garlic brown sugar soy glaze. The flavor is out of this world and it will become a new family favorite! 


  • 2 pounds salmon I used Atlantic salmon
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • garnish with sliced lemons and chopped parsley if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the salmon on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil around the salmon.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour the glaze over the salmon. Top the salmon with aluminum foil and seal.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until salmon is cooked throughout. Take the foil off of the top and baste the salmon with the sauce in the foil. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until brown and caramelized. Garnish with lemon slices and chopped parsley if desired.

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I am not usually a fish person but gave it a try. I’m glad I did! Very nice flavor. I did add a bit of fresh ginger root crushed into the mixture and let it marinate for about 45 minutes. Topped it with fine chopped spring onion when I put it 5” from the broiler. The only other suggestion I would make is to cut the fluid a bit if you are using a smaller cut of fish.

  2. Thanks for this recipe! I used your recipe and loved it….then i experimented, brown sugar, salt, pepper, GARLIC, as written, but then i used equal amounts of low salt soy and teriyaki insted of soy alone and substituted the juice of 1cava cava orange and BAM (to borrow a phrase) it was slammin good. I make it weekly and still love it….i may add some cayenne pepper as i read from another comment….we’ll see. Thanks again for the recipe

  3. Omg, just made your salmon. Get tired of eating chicken, pork and beef and I love fish of any kind, except Sushi. Tender and flavorful !! Thank you for this recipe!

  4. This is delicious! I added some of the lemon zest to the sauce and went easy on salt as my soya was traditional not low salt. Will definitely do this again as it is so flavoursome.

  5. I love salmon and my boyfriend has never really been a fish eater. Not because he doesn’t like it, but just because it’s not something he ate growing up. I’ve made tilapia for him and he loves it so I decided I wanted to try a new salmon recipe since I love salmon so much. This recipe looked really good so I decided to give it a go, and needless to say we were not disappointed. I usually put ketchup on all my food when I eat (Don’t judge me), but with this recipe it’s so good to just use any left over sauce on the rest of my food. There’s so much flavor that’s not too overwhelming. It’s delicious. Definitely making this again!

  6. A tasty marinade but two points: firstly, there’s far too much added salt when soya sauce is already very salty. Secondly, cooking fish in aluminium foil with lemon juice is not a good idea as citric acid causes aluminium to leach into the food. Instead, bake in a non-metal container and cover with foil but don’t allow it to touch the food or marinade.

  7. Love this recipe. Use low salt soy and no added salt. Also have tried with real maple syrup and less brown sugar and sauce is still yummy. Favorite for salmon.

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